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What is Travertine?


Travertine is a type of limestone rock, but, unlike limestone, it is created in mineral springs and geysers. The coloring of the travertine is caused by impurities that are deposited in the bedrock, such as iron, together with the sediments in mineral-rich bodies of water.

Travertine is characterized by holes, also known as pores, created from carbon dioxide evasion, and it is hard stone that has been used in construction.

Travertine stone was discovered and begun to be used in Italy, in the times of the Roman Empire, and it is also incredibly prolific in Turkey, where we own several travertine quarries ourselves. One of the most famous structures in existence that employs travertine is the ancient Coliseum in Rome, Italy. Before you explore travertine products,  you might know the pros and cons of travertine tiles

What colors does Travertine come in?

Travertine comes in a variety of colors, such as light beige, light brown, brown, yellow, reds, gray, and patterns created by different impurities. Sefa Stone carries the following colors: Ivory, Country Classic, Walnut/Mocha, Noce, Gold, White Gold, Silver, Leonardo, and Scabos.

What shapes, sizes and finishes does Sefa Stone’s Travertine come in?

Travertine can and is used for many applications, such as indoor flooring, indoor and outdoor wall tiles, outdoor flooring, pool edgings and tiles, patio decks, backsplashes, bathroom tiles, counters, floors, sinks, columns, pool tiles, and more. There are two ways that travertine can be cut in, for a different aesthetic: vein cut (cutting along the vein, for a wood-like grain look), and cross cut (a.k.a. fleuri cut, cutting perpendicular to the vein for a more even color with circular swirl patterns).

Sefa Stone tiles come in ½” (1cm) thickness and pavers come in thicknesses 1 ¼” (3 cm), and pool copings are available in 1 ¼” (3cm) and 2” (5cm), depending on the travertine color. Please see below or contact us at (954) 391-6016 to inquire on availability and product details.

Travertine comes in a variety of finishes, depending on the size and thickness of the finished product. Travertine tiles can be available in tumbled, honed & filled, honed & unfilled, polished, straight edge, brushed, brushed & chiseled, and chiseled edge finishes. Travertine pavers are available in tumbled, honed & unfilled, chiseled edge, and honed & chiseled edge. Pool Copings usually comes in tumbled and honed & unfilled.

Travertine Tiles

Sefa Stone offers a wide range of travertine tiles in terms of size, finish, color, and quality. Currently, we are offering tiles with pure colors and pattern tiles with impurities. Pure tiles come in light beige, light brown, brown, yellow, red and gray color while tiles with patterns come in Ivory, Country Classic, Walnut/Mocha, Noce, Gold, White Gold, Silver, Leonardo, and Scabos colors.

Usual thickness of travertine tiles is 0.5 inches but these can vary in size. Most popular sizes are 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×4 and 4×4. However, you can always get tiles of custom sizes according to your requirements by contacting us. Travertine tiles are best for decorating indoor areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas. These tiles are also used for outdoor decoration. The average price of travertine tiles in the US is $2.5-$5 per square foot.


Travertine Pavers

Sefa Stone offers an extensive range of beautiful Travertine pavers for decorating outdoor areas like pool decks, pool steps, driveways, patios, walk-ways, fireplaces and outside stairs. These travertine pavers are available in different unique colors like Ivory, Gold, Scabos, Noce, Silver and Walnut. The slip resistance property of these pavers makes them perfect for decorating pools.
The most commonly used travertine paver size in the US is 6×12. However, other paver sizes exist as well, for example, 4×8, 12×12, 12×24, 16×16, 16×24, 24×24 and even 36×36. In addition to that, custom sizes can also be obtained on demand. Travertine pavers are around 1.25 inches thick, and the average price of the travertine pavers in the US is $2-$3 per square foot.


Travertine Bullnose

Travertine bullnose (also known as travertine pool copings) is a term used for travertine stone slab which is rounded from one side. Some stone slabs may be rounded from both sides as well. Sefa Stone is offering best bullnose in town. It is available in the autumn blend, gold, ivory, Leonardo, noce, scabos and silver colors.
Travertine bullnose usually comes in the size of 4x9x4 and 12x12x4. However, custom sizes can also be obtained. It can be installed on corners of products of almost any shape. Currently, it is being used for coffee tables, in-house decoration, counter tops and staircase steps.


Travertine Mosaics and Split-face

Travertine Mosaics are Small Square shaped stones while split faces are triangular tiles with a rough surface. Split faces usually come in free length size in boxes of 5.5 square feet with an assortment of 4 different sizes: 4×4, 4×8, 4×12 and 4×16. These split faces are used for outdoor decoration and very famous among the designers. However, these can also be used for indoor decoration.
These Mosaics and split faces come in several different colors like Noce, Gold, Ivory, and Silver. As the material is travertine at all, these last longer as compared to other products and best for those who want to give their property a good and long term value.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possinle to D.I.Y install travertine?

For best results we recommend the tiles to be installed by professionals. For best Results, The Marble Institute of America recommends having your contractor lay out the tile for best results.

How many types of travertine tiles come in?

10 types of travertines types are avaiable in Sefa Stone. These are Noce Tiles, Scarlett Tiles, Noce Dalmation tiles, Walnut (Mocha) Tiles, Ivory Tiles, Scabos Tiles, Gold Tiles, Silver Tiles, autumn Blend Tiles, Leonardo Tiles.

How the finished surface of the travertine look like?

There are four finishing types of travertine. They are polished, honed, brushed and tumbled. Polished tiles are the most shiniest ones while tumbled ones are matt. Honed and polished tiles are smooth, tumbled and brushed tiles are textured.

How durable is the travertine tile?

With proper maintenance, travertine remains to look great for years. You can ask our team for the proper products for maintenance sealing.

How travertine is cleaned?

Impuries should be removed from the travertine surface. Acidic chemicals should not be used for cleaning travertine surface due the tendency of travertine to stain with acids.

Is sealing necessary for travertine?

Since travertine surface has a porous structure the liquids tend to leech into the body of travertine by adsorption. This might result in a negative look in the travertine surface over years. To avoid the leech sealers are needed. You can ask our experts for the best sealing products, and the frequency of the sealing process.

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Sefa Stone produces travertine bullnose, paver, tile and mosaics in various colors, size and dimensions and thickness. You can review all of our products to decide on the right product, color and orientation for your application.